The HP Reverb G2 VR headset can now be pre-ordered from selected retailers. The Reverb G2, a joint project by Microsoft and HP with contributions from long-time VR supporters Valve, was announced in May as a high-resolution headset for the gaming market.
It enhances the first generation reverb by adding welcome functions that serve as additional tracking cameras and redesigned motion controllers. The Reverb G2 features brand new lenses and speakers designed by Valve. The proprietary index headset has been praised for its comfortable off-ear speakers that deliver high quality immersive spatial audio.
The G2 offers murafree 2160 × 2160 pixel panels per eye with pulse backlight technology, full RGB sub-pixel stripe and 9.3 million pixels. It rubs easily on most other headsets on the market in terms of specs, and approaches those of competitor Oculus’ Rift S and Quest. The resolution alone is the highest among the large providers of VR headsets. However, with a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a smaller field of view of 114 degrees, it is somewhat lower.
Four cameras (two in front and two to the side) enable better motion tracking, which drastically improves the standard of the Windows Mixed Reality tracking system we expect. Regarding sensors, the Reverb G2 has 6 DOF motion tracking, a gyroscope, an accelerometer and a magnetometer. The newly designed controllers borrow a page from the Oculus Playbook with a smaller, more ergonomic design and two face buttons per hand in addition to A / B or X / Y buttons, menu button, Windows start button, handle release, thumb handle and release. They also do without the first generation G2 trackpad.
The Reverb G2 is compatible with both Windows Mixed Reality and Steam VR and provides access to a variety of VR games and content on both platforms. HP has also included an Adjustable Interpupillary Distance (IPD) hardware slider to help you find the perfect width between lenses. An enlarged pillow size for even weight distribution, flexible materials and magnetic detachability should also help find the ideal fit on the head, regardless of the shape or size of the user’s face. There is also a light, spacious six-meter cable.
In the US, pre-orders are available from Connection retailer for $ 599.99. In the UK, prospective customers can deposit cash early for £ 525 through SystemActive, HP’s exclusive UK partner for the Reverb G2. HP expects to launch the Reverb G2 in the fall, although the company has not yet announced a fixed release date.